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Mastic wooded lot being eyed for 67,000-panel solar farm
Newsday, March 3, 2016
The proposal would place a nearly mile-long array of 67,000 solar panels on two-thirds of the 100-acre wooded lot on Moriches-Middle Island Road just east of Brookhaven Calabro Airport.
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New Analysis: Clean Energy Can Meet Long Island Power Needs
NRDC, April 24, 2017
The Long Island Power Authority, Long Island’s public utility, in concert with PSEG-Long Island, the company that operates the Long Island grid, today released its updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP).
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National Grid plans LI’s first large-scale energy storage battery
New York Newsday, April 20, 2017
Long Island’s first large-scale energy-storage battery would be placed on a parcel of land owned by National Grid in East Hampton that will also serve as the receiving station for the South Fork wind farm, a project designed to help meet rising power demand on the South Fork.
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Record $286 billion invested in renewable energy in 2015, more than double fossil fuels
Mashable, March 24, 2016
In the latest indication that renewable energy sources like solar and wind power are ascendant worldwide, a new report finds that, in 2015, a record-breaking $286 billion was invested in renewable energy capacity worldwide.
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With initiatives, Cuomo moves to solidify climate credentials
POLITICO, January 8, 2016
In just 12 months, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has positioned himself as one of the nation’s most aggressive governors on climate issues.
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Advocates: 2016 could be big for renewables in New York
POLITICO, January 6, 2016
Clean energy advocates and businesses expect 2016 to yield a major expansion of wind, solar and renewable resources in New York. The expected growth will largely be fueled by the Cuomo administration’s mandate that the state receive 50 percent of its power from renewables by 2030.
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Newsday Endorses Move NY for 2016, While the Times Misses Its Chance
Streetsblog, January 4, 2016
Two of the region’s papers laid out their Albany 2016 agendas in New Year’s weekend editorials. Both led with ethics reform, but the similarities ended there. One paper boldly called on the legislature to “adopt some version of the innovative Move NY tolling and congestion pricing plan.” The other was silent on transit and traffic, even as it spurred Gov. Andrew Cuomo to “lead on climate change.”
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NYSERDA Allocates $6 Million to Extend Current Solar Incentives Under NY-Sun Program
Long Island Exchange, December 30, 2015
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced the reallocation of more than $6 million in unused funds to extend incentives available for solar projects in certain NY-Sun Solar Megawatt (MW) Block programs.
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Solar energy growth on LI may depend on businesses
Newsday, December 14, 2015
The growth of solar energy on Long Island has centered on residential systems, but changing subsidies and shifting market dynamics could tip the focus to lagging commercial systems in 2016 and beyond, experts say.
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Reports/Studies

New report: America’s solar energy margin surging
Rhone Resch, president of the US Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), October 2015
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The Future of Solar Energy
An Interdisciplinary MIT Study led by the MIT Energy Initiative, May 2015
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Journey to grid parity: Three converging forces provide a tailwind for US renewable power
Deloitte MarketPoint
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How solar energy could be the largest source of electricity by mid-century
International Energy Agency, September 29, 2014
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SunShot Vision Study
US Department of Energy
An in-depth assessment of the potential for solar technologies to meet a significant share of electricity demand in the United States during the next several decades.
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Projects/Initiatives

NY-Sun Initiative
http://ny-sun.ny.gov/

Long Island Solar Farm
http://www.bnl.gov/SET/LISF.php

Quick Stats

  • There are now over 22,700 MW of cumulative solar electric capacity operating in the U.S., enough to power more than 4.6 million average American homes.
  • With over 135,000 installations in the first half of 2015, nearly 784,000 U.S. homes and businesses have now gone solar and a new solar project was installed every 2 minutes.
  • While residential costs have dropped by 45% since 2010, utility-scale costs have dropped more significantly, with recent contracts at prices below $0.05/kWh.
  • Roughly 20,000 MW of solar capacity is forecasted to come online over the next two years, doubling the country’s existing solar capacity.
  • 129 million people – 41% of Americans – live within 20 miles of at least one of the solar installations reviewed for the report (see the map below).
  • As of November 2014, the solar industry employs 173,807 solar workers, representing a growth rate of 21.8% since November 2013.